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Extreme Cave Diving
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Extreme Cave Diving (Video)
Learn why working in a blue hole is more dangerous than any other type of marine archaeology, and watch Michael Patemen become the first Bahamian and the first archaeologist to dive the blue hole named "Sanctuary." (Chapter 4, approx 10 min.; Program available after broadcast)


The Lives of Extremophiles (Article)
Read why microbiologist Diana Northup, a member of SLIME (Subsurface Life in Mineral Environments), descends into a cavern as often as she possibly can.


Birth of an Expedition (Article)
Imagine you're Keith Shepherd, a submersible pilot, who is about to try what no one has ever tried before: sawing down a "black smoker" chimney and lifting it to the surface to reveal clues to how volcanoes can support life, how life got started on Earth, and how life could exist on other planets.


Wanted—Butch and Sundance (Lesson)
Think like a forensic anthropologist to identify bones, like the scientists of "Extreme Cave Diving" did when identifying 800-year-old human remains.

Curriculum Connections
Forensics, anthropology, analyzing data, skeletal remains

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Hazards of Diving Deep (Interactive/Lesson)
Manipulate a diver to learn some of the dangers one would face while making a deep dive, like those faced by the divers whole explore blue holes (and in this case, looking for WWII U-boat wreckage).

Curriculum Connections
Scuba diving, deep diving, marine archaeology

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Science and technology in society
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, History of science

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Historical perspectives



   

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